For the past two years, the Star Tribune and the Pennsylvania research firm WorkplaceDynamics have set out to identify Minnesota's Top Workplaces. We have consistently found that good employers share similar traits that workers consider important, among them:
Feeling "genuinely appreciated."
Believing that the organization is "going in the right direction."
Having "confidence in the leader of the organization."
Some familiar names have ranked among the top large-company workplaces in both 2010 and 2011, including General Mills and Thrivent Financial. And some lesser-known companies also claimed top spots, including gas-and-groceries chain Kwik Trip; education publisher Pearson, and realty company Keller Williams.
Desireé Goret, who has worked at the Kwik Trip in Eagan, told the Star Tribune: "When I first got the job, I was so excited to go to work I was even having dreams about Kwik Trip."
University of St. Thomas management professor Mick Sheppeck explained how valuable a top workplace can be: "An engaged workforce has a financial return on investment. If the workforce is more satisfied, it will meet more goals." (See last year's report at www.startribune.com/topworkplaces2011.)
The Star Tribune is once again working with WorkplaceDynamics to produce the Top Workplaces publication for 2012. And it's time to get started on our 2012 survey.
If you know of a company, nonprofit or government agency with 50 or more employees that deserves to be considered for this year's Top Workplaces ranking, go to StarTribune.com/topworkplaces. You can also call 612-605-3306.
We need your help identifying those companies. We encourage individuals, employers or employees to nominate their companies and tell us what makes them great places to work. The nominations must be submitted Feb. 24. In June, results will be published online at startribune.com and in a special print section. Thanks in advance for your help.
JOHN J. OSLUND